See All the Servants
I assisted Bishop Zacharia Olala at the marriage of Mary and Jackson in Kakamega, Kenya. It’s the second African wedding I’d been involved in in less than a month. I had the privilege of giving the biblical message and the Gospel to a packed church before Bishop Olala led Jackson and Mary through their sacred promises. After each “I will,” the entire congregation responded with the trilled, high-pitch, Kenyan cheer and shouts of affirmation.
What impressed me the most, however, was that in the procession, when the bridegroom, his best man, and the groomsmen danced to the front of the church, a lady skillfully guided them and made sure each one was seated in the right place. Then another lady took the lead as beautifully dressed young girls slowly danced to the front. Then another friend of the bride led the older bridesmaids, and finally, as the bridesmaids held staffs of ribbons high, the bride danced underneath the canopy as another woman guided her to her place in the honored place in the front.
At the conclusion of the vows, a prayer of blessing was given, then, the cutting of the cake. One of Mary’s close friends, skillfully cut each piece and guided the couple as they fed each other and then drank some bottled Coke. The bride and groom graciously brought cake to each of us who had helped in their service. And before they passed plastic plates filled with cake to all the guests, Jackson and Mary took cake to both of their parents indicating that they were now a united family who would care for one another.
I couldn’t believe how many of my sisters in Christ honored Mary and Jackson by humbly and joyfully making sure each detail was covered as they met the needs at each phase of the wedding day. Jesus was smiling at the right hand of God as his daughters played these servant roles because that’s the role that he plays.
“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said, ‘Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us.’ ‘What do you want me to do?’ ‘Grant to us that one of us can sit on your right and the other on your left in your glory!’ Jesus replied, ‘You don’t know what you’re asking for. Are you able to drink from the cup that I will drink and with the baptism I am baptized with?’ They answered, ‘We can!’ ‘You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to give. These places belong to those for whom they are prepared.’
When the other ten disciples heard about what James and John had requested, they become indignant. Jesus called them together. ‘You know that those who think they are the rulers among the Gentiles lord it over those under them. It should not be like this among you. If you want to be great, you will be the servant. And the one who wants to be first among you will be the slave of everyone. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:35-45
The special women who served so graciously at were truly great in Jesus’ Kingdom. And I don’t know who will sit at Jesus’ right and left when he comes to rule, but I do know something about them. They will be servants.
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